Finding The Right Professional Stand Mixer For Your Bakery Kitchen: When opening a bakery, one of the first steps to properly equipping your commercial kitchen is selecting the right tools to go in it. Professional stand mixers are one of the most important pieces of machinery you will purchase when opening your bakery. You don’t want to be mixing everything by hand! And as your business grows you will likely transition to commercial floor mixers.
Choosing a quality professional stand mixer isn’t as difficult as it may seem. If you stick to the mainstream, most popular brands (Hobart, Cuisinart, KitchenAid, Vollrath, Globe, and Hamilton Beach), you’re sure to find something that meets your needs as well as your budget- and it will look pretty sharp in your new commercial kitchen.
If you are looking for a top-notch machine at a decent price, your best bet is the KSM7990WH, from KitchenAid — a 7-Quart Stand Mixer. The list price can be a little bit scary at first, but for a professional starting a new, quality business it should be more important to get the right equipment.
KitchenAid mixers are legendary in the culinary world. How many cooking shows have you watched where the chef uses one of these beautiful, quality machines? They are high-end performers, created by experts for the whole range of beginner chefs and seasoned professionals. The quality of your equipment will greatly influence the quality of your product, and a professional stand mixer that is designed to work well for any chef or baker, no matter their level of experience is a huge plus.
The biggest, baker-worthy things to love about this mixer are look, price, AND functionality. The holds seven quarts of product and mixes at ten speeds, meaning not only can it beat eggs to perfection, it can also properly mix cookie dough, and it can knead a large batch of bread (it can handle 6 cups of flour, which is roughly 6 loaves of bread, or 14 dozen cookies!). Not many professional stand mixers can boast that, especially not for under $1000.00 USD.
This KitchenAid professional stand mixer comes with a 7-quart stainless steel mixing bowl, a sturdy, useful dough hook, and elliptical whip (great for beating eggs or making cream fillings). The mixer also comes with a standard flat-beater for mixing basic ingredients. All KitchenAid attachments fit on the KSM7990WH including the useful pasta maker attachment.
No matter how much I may talk up this KitchenAid professional stand mixer, obviously almost $800 is often way out of the budget of a lot of people starting a new business, and all the praise I could give isn’t going to change that. For people that need to knock another few hundred dollars off their start-up costs, there are high quality options that can give you solid results at a comparable volume.
The Cuisinart SM-70 7-quart professional stand mixer does many of the same things the KitchenAid mixer does, without the name recognition and the hefty price tag. You can find this professional mixer for just about half the price compared to the KitchenAid.
Features of the Cuisinart model are similar to the previously mentioned professional stand mixer, the difference being 12 mixing speeds as opposed to the ten on the KitchenAid. It comes with many of the same features, as well.
But instead of stainless steel, this mixer is made of die cast metal. It has a tilt-back head rather than a lifted or dropped bowl. The Cuisinart has three “outlets” that attachments plug into. One is located on the top, and two are found in the front. There are many other attachments, not included, and each will fit on one of these three power outlets. The first is a high speed outlet, the second and third are mid speed and slow speed outlets.
As you can see, there are quality professional stand mixers available for any budget. One thing is a constant: when you are opening a bakery, it is important that you choose a quality commercial-grade mixer within your budget. If the KitchenAid or Cuisinart professional stand mixers aren’t exactly what you’re looking for, try to find one within the wide range of other quality kitchen equipment producers including Hobart, Vollrath, Globe, Hamilton Beach, and others.
The sooner you find the mixer that works best for you, the sooner you can be serving up delicious baked goods, easily within your business location!
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